Michigan would need to win tourney
to make it to dance; likely headed to NIT again
like it will be another year in NIT tournament postseason purgatory
the Michigan Wolverines men’s hoops team.
blew what was probably their best shot at getting into the NCAA
tournament last Saturday when they let a late game lead slip and
lost at home to
the Ohio State Buckeyes.
it may still be too early to count Michigan out. They could still
the Big Ten Tournament this weekend and earn an automatic bid in
however, the same tournament that will be featuring Ohio State and
Wisconsin - two teams that each defeated Michigan twice in the regular
be unfair to say that Michigan has zero chance of winning. Far greater
upsets have occurred. The U.S. beat the Soviets in 1980. The Red
back from being down three games to none against the Yankees in
probably safe to say this won’t be one of those magical years
the eight seed in the tournament, tips-off Thursday at noon against
the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the nine seed. The Gophers bring in
disappointing 9-21 record.
the Wolverines should have no trouble getting past Minnesota and
to the second round of the tourney. If they do, however, they will
be looking at
yet another match-up with number one ranked Ohio State.
in all likelihood, would have to win the Big Ten tournament to get
the big dance. Getting past Ohio State and Wisconsin just doesn’t
seem to be in the
cards for this team.
had their chances at both teams in the regular season with an
opportunity to prove to the tournament selection committee that
they could win
a big game.
biggest win was only against interstate rival Michigan State - a
that has been unranked for much of the season.
don’t have the resume to put themselves in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Tommy Amaker and the boys will be headed back to the place
now has probably become familiar to them - the NIT tournament.
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